about  N+B

 
 
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The Restaurant

We are a small neighborhood trattoria located in Portland's Pearl District - much like one found on any street corner in Italy. It is the perfect destination to enjoy an authentic Italian dinner, or simply have an espresso, panini, salad or fresh bowl of pasta.

Nicoletta+Beppe's is inspired by the Torriti family of Cortona, Italy. Their love of quality food, gathering around a table to fully experience a meal, and their dear friendship drew Nicoletta's Table owners, Al and Shari Newman, to create this space. We believe in becoming part of the tapestry of the community and serving food where only the freshest, in season ingredients are used and meals are prepared with passion.

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The Owners

Nicoletta+Beppe’s is owned by Lake Oswego locals, Alan and Shari Newman. They also run two sister restaurants – their flagship Nicoletta’s Table and Marketplace in Lake Oswego and Nicoletta’s Caffe on the campus of Oregon College of Art and Craft. Shari and Alan met in 2003 and their love affair with the Italian life style began while they stayed in Mulino a Vento in 2004 and met Beppe, Nicoletta and their two children. In 2005, Al and Shari honeymooned in the Piedmonte region, and have spent several months in Cortona, Tuscany, each year since. It was in the hills of Tuscany that they fell in love with the Italian flair for combining wonderful food and wine with family and friends

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The Inspiration - Nicoletta + Beppe 

Giuseppe “Beppe” and Nicoletta Torriti are dear family friends and are the inspiration for our restaurants -  Nicoletta+Beppe's, Nicoletta's Table and Nicoletta's Caffe . Giuseppe was born in Parma, the beautiful city where his mother's family lived, and he was raised in Cortona in the same home where now he currently lives. In November of each year he works the harvest of olives from 230 olive trees. Nicoletta was born in Cortona, Italy, a hilltop Etruscan walled city, she graduated in economics. Her family is very important; Luigi and Letizia, her children and her mother have been her life's focus. Nicoletta is grateful to Shari for the gift of having her name given to the restaurants.

Beppe and Nicoletta's love of excellent, quality Tuscan food and wine is unparalleled. All of Nicoletta and Beppe’s friends are always welcome at their table, because for them, friendship is sacred.   It is this feeling of family, friendship and excellent food that we  offer at Nicoletta+Beppe’s in the Pearl.

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Executive Chef Victor Lopez

Executive Chef Victor Lopez started his career like many famous people in the restaurant industry; in the dish pit.  At the tender age of 16, Mr. Lopez started working as a dishwasher at a very popular and highly regarded Italian restaurant on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles called Angeli Caffe.  The owner and well known, celebrity chef Evan Kleiman took Victor under her wing and taught him everything from desserts to complex Italian main dishes.  He worked his way up to head chef and served in that capacity until 1999. He then went on to serve as head chef at Prego Restaurant in Beverly Hills before moving his family to Oregon in 2011.  

“I was inspired to become a chef by my grandmother.  One of my fondest childhood memories is cutting vegetables with her to make her vegetable soup, still my favorite dish.”

Victor moved his family to Oregon to be with family and had executive chef positions at several restaurants before finding a home at Nicoletta’s Table in 2013.  “Nicoletta’s Table reminds me of Angeli Caffe.  Both restaurants are/were committed to using fresh local ingredients and creating traditional Italian dishes.   I have found my home here.”

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Chef de Cuisine Michael Barefoot

Michael Barefoot is a self-taught chef.  Mr. Barefoot introduction to cuisine came in the way of his television.  When other kids were watching Saturday cartoons, Michael was watching the cooking shows on the Food Network.  He was raised on fried bologna sandwiches, fried chicken, baked beans and collards, traditional foods from his home state of North Carolina.  But Michael wasn’t satisfied with these simple dishes and started “taking it up a notch” in his home kitchen.  He would take recipes from Emeril Lagasse and other celebrity chefs on TV and recreate them for his family.  

“My family was my test kitchen.  I would write down recipes I saw chefs make on TV and then try them out that night.  It was my way of giving back to my family.  I still love cooking for them. When they come to visit.”   

Michael has worked in a variety of kitchens since moving to Oregon.  From simple brew pubs and running a kitchen for a retirement home to catering for large hotels.  He came to Nicoletta’s Table in 2014 and started as a prep cook and learned the secrets of fine Italian dining from executive chef Victor Lopez.  He still watches the food network for inspiration and is thrilled to work in the Pearl District at our new Trattoria.